basketball star Brittany Grinerwho left an Army medical center where he was recovering Friday after his release from a Russian penal colony as part of a prisoner swap, said he wanted to bring other detained Americans home Will work to help out and plans to resume her career in the WNBA.
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Griner, two-time Olympic champion and eight-time WNBA All-Star, Brooke left Army Medical Center a week after arriving at Fort Sam HoustonTexas, CNN reported.
“The last 10 months have been a battle at every turn. I have dug deep to keep my faith and it is the love of so many of you that has kept me going,” he said in his first public statement since returning to the United States.
“President Biden, you brought me home, and I know you are committed to bringing Paul Whelan and all Americans home as well,” he said, referring to a former Marine who is in custody in Russia. “I will use my platform to do whatever I can to help them.”
Griner arrived at the medical center last Friday after US authorities secured his release in exchange for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.
32 year old athlete was detained on February 17 at an airport on the outskirts of Moscow To carry vaping cartridges containing hashish oil in your luggage. Later Convicted of drug trafficking and transferred to one of the most notorious penal colonies in RussiaWhere former prisoners describe torture, harsh beatings and slave labor conditions.
Griner said she plans to return to her WNBA team.
,I want to play basketball with the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA this season. And in doing so, I hope I can personally thank everyone who has supported me, written and sent messages,” he said.